By Jimmie Geddes email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Jan 19, 2013 09:56 PM EST
Opera is no stranger to the Web browsing game and will be releasing a brand new mobile Web browser called Opera Ice in February for iOS and Android. Opera Ice is Opera's next-generation browser for mobile devices and has been built from the ground up. It uses the current standard WebKit rendering engine which both Apple's Safari and Google's Chrome web browsers are built on.
Opera's CEO Lars Boilesen described the new browser and demonstrated it in a video posted on Pocket-Lint. The browser has a very impressive design. It gets rid of buttons and menus in favor of an all-touch gesture-based control system. Tabs don't exist on Opera Ice. There's a home page that consists of icons, which are made to look like apps. Opera's CEO even describes the Web shortcuts as apps in some cases. Opera Ice might take a little time to get used to since it is completely gesture-based and tries a new button-less and menu-less approach to mobile Web browsing.
Opera has seen success in the mobile world with its mobile Web browser Opera Mini. It saw one of its greatest successes on April 13, 2010 when Apple approved it for download in the App Store. At that time, it was the only other Web browser that Apple approved to run on iOS. Since then Opera has not stopped innovating and judging from this demonstration, it has really shifted its focus to Opera Ice's UI. It appears to be very intuitive with its gesture-based approach to browsing the mobile Web.
Opera Ice will be available in February. Check out the video to see Opera Ice in action.
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